For thousands of years the Mandala (Sanskrit for Circle) has been used to establish Sacred Space. A powerful source of creative inspiration and a symbol for wholeness, the Mandala, has been called “the Basic Structure of Creation” and is a reminder of our infinite connection to Divine Source.
Held safely in community support and within the sacred & creative container of the 12 Pointed Star Mandala, Moving Mandala Shamanic Training participants receive 7 shamanic initiations corresponding to the 7 Chakras and related Elements. Through Shamanic Journeywork, Creative Expression, Song, Story Telling, Drumming, Colour Work, Dance, Sacred Ceremony and much more, participants journey into the mystery of Being, into the rainbow, into that magical space between the physical and mythical realms, where the skies touch the misty waters and we are home.
Whether you practice Yoga, Shamanism, Meditation, Energy Medicine, Intuitive Movement or any Earth-Based Spiritual Practice, you may be a candidate for this powerful Shamanic Training.
The Moving Mandala training reinforces personal and spiritual practice through raising your vibration and accompanying you to a new level of awareness. Among many other things, The Moving Mandala as a shamanic path is about being in our power. It's about reclaiming our own authenticity, embracing our gifts and fully expressing who we are. It is about acknowledging our own aliveness and the aliveness of everything that we encounter. And it's about remembering that we are nature, we are the oceans and the rivers, we are the stars and the stones. We are the wild landscapes of Mother Earth and we are the power and possibility that lives within all creation. The Moving Mandala Shamanic programs are experiential with focus on opening to Spirit through the expression of shamanic journeying, sound, colour, movement and the arts.
The roots of this practice are ancient and universal and can be applied in a contemporary setting.
The Moving Mandala is typically taught as an 8-session course over various time periods, ranging from from 4 days to 4 months, funnelling participants through a rainbow of colour within a 12 point mandala:
Root/Earth = red
Sacral/Water = orange
Solar Plexus/Fire = yellow
Heart/Air = green
Throat/Sound/Space = turquoise blue
Third Eye/Light = indigo
Crown/Divine Mind = purple
Archetypal Realm = Gold
On the final day of dance, drum and sounding, we celebrate from the archetypal realm, in the energetic, releasing with gratitude all that was experienced and learned, with gratitude, into the ethers.
These gifts of dance, drum and sounding are personal tools that may be called upon to amplify all transmissions you receive during training. And will accompany you to any time and/or place where individual or group healing is desired and to re-establish wholeness within your community. We also offer Moving Mandala Teacher Training by invitation. Details to follow soon.
A year long Moving Mandala Master Shamanic Practitioner Training Program is also available by invitation and with the prerequisite of attending at least 3 Moving Mandala Training retreats.
We hope you will join us in discovering oneness and maintaining connection with the sacred in all things.
Contemporary Grandmother Shaman, Intuitive Dancer and Healer.
Nancy's shamanic practice began with an initiation in 1987, when she simultaneously received the name "Dancing Light," and the gift of intuitive dance and healing. Nancy's intuitive movement embodies messages from the spirit world to show people their essence, strengths, illnesses. This awakens them to their own wisdom. Nancy also works with other dancers to help them open up to their native creativity and fine tune their expression.
Nancy's training has included traditional teachings and contemporary expression from both living and Spirit teachers. While her genetic inheritance is mostly Celtic, she has learned from shamanic traditions as diverse as the Bon, Miq'maq, ancient Celtic and North American Blackfoot. Other teachings have come from meditation practice, and teachings and transmissions from ancient and living mystics. As a result, her shamanic work translates across cultures and she is comfortable working with a number of healing systems and modalities. For her, spirit is creative fire.
HOW DOES THE SHAMANIC MANDALA JOURNEY WORK BY NANCY DANCING LIGHT
My own contribution in bringing East and West together, came through direct guidance and nearly thirty years of practice seeking different energetic landscapes and experiencing the energy of various cultures within those landscapes, so that I could bring some structure as well, to the energy being directed through movement, sound, colour and consciousness, all of which are aspects of light. Since we are energy beings, this sense of how it works can be useful not only responding to change, but in bringing it about. When I go into a situation to seek, I need to empty my mind in order to let the answers come; the form in which they come may look like dancing, singing, chanting, mudras, felt shifts, and I receive sense impressions, words, and images as well. Often after the journey may write or draw, but the time spent in the timeless realm is where the energy is shifted from whatever I brought in with me, and was attached to, to releasing it and allowing something fresh to enter the space. I have had to learn to trust that it is whatever is needed at the time. This affects not only myself but my client and/or large gatherings of people who come together to re-balance and heal. I am using healing and re-balancing interchangeably.
Actually I think that we carry a template of wellness and wholeness and that time in the timeless, where we “forget” our conditioned selves, allows us to get out of our own way and let the soul recall what wholeness is; if the soul is experiencing this, it affects the body, which is being aligned with the soul. Because we are energy beings, we get primed to very high vibrations of light again when we enter a circle where intention to heal is being held. That is why the mandala form is useful for letting the interconnectedness and wholeness of our being come into consciousness. We journey into an eternal held space.
The Moving Mandala Dance by Nancy Sherwood
The mandala has inherent wholeness in its design. In Sanskrit it means circle. It is a sacred cosmic architecture which when entered, allows us to bring that sense of Oneness and wholeness to earth. The Moving Mandala uses the sacred geometry of a 12 point mandala for an energetic container, having 4 cardinal directions within the 12, and thirteenth point in the centre. The body’s chakras, right up to the archetypal level, hold the potential for us to shift energy as light beings. Those familiar with 3-d mandalas will recall how they can look, instead of the usual 2-d ones we see for contemplation. You can imagine yourself as part of a 3-d mandala with your energy centres radiating out to the 12 directions and yourself, in the centre.
The courses I have been teaching in the last decade or so have made the mandala principles accessible to people who might not be familiar with it and who are on the shamanic path. There are other ways to access the mandala practices, Vajrayana Buddhism being one of them, and I appreciate that those traditional lineages that are available through great teachers have come to the West. I do not need to borrow from them as if I were shopping, because we access the same source of wisdom, although we each have our own filters and training. It is not a competition, but a great design of co-operation and generosity that the universe is providing, giving us many ways to recall our true nature.
My sitting practice, which began before the shamanic path, has been invaluable as a way to stabilize i my mind, and I give thanks to those that have gone before me. After several years of doing my own mandala practice I also went to India to receive the Kalachakra, another mandala, in a location where the teachings originated through Shakyamuni Buddha; I tend to see the energetics of place that speak to me as well as the current offering that is being made.
During my years of seeking to understand, I have been deeply committed to Native American practices as well. One of the teachers spoke in the lodge one day, reflecting that he didn’t see a spiritual materialist and wannabe, he saw a person who had to go around the whole wheel in this lifetime and take the essence of that journey for the benefit of myself and all our relations. And we are all wannabes on another level, as the generosity of the indigenous people in sharing the medicine, has been remarkable, considering the chequered history of imperialist cultures interacting with various native cultures, going back to ancient times.
The Moving Mandala is only one way to train but it is a good way, with many, many shamanic journeys in it and thousands of air miles now. That is, when we co-ordinate our intention to join that cosmic template with the earth’s seasons, place of power and human energy centres, beneficial results have come about for many, many people, in different settings and continents. It is a young program compared to the mandala itself, which is older than time, but that means its roots go deep and that it is a contemporary expression of healing pouring into our time.
The Mandala Dance itself is where time and the timeless meet, where when we forget to be self-conscious and join the collective energy of the moment. With trained people, the Mandala Dance, which is a form of journeying, can bring a whole community to another level of awareness together.
Focused community experiences are necessary to build the kind of strength and courage that we need in this century. When we leave the Mandala Dance, we are more aligned within light, in soul and body, and with all those in the energy field within which we participate. An extension of the actual mandala journey is the mandala of our individual lives, the mandala of shamanic community and/or the mandala of the earth and heaven that resonates with different energies and awareness of the beings with which that we are dancing life.
The dance of life is not a metaphor, it is a reality, the dance of the atoms, of the particles smaller than the human eye, our emotions, our thoughts, our stories, our chemistry and biology, are all expressions of dancing light. This is my medicine. Nancy Sherwood
Photos from Moving Mandala Dance ~ An Eagles Return September 2020
"Thank you Lori Anne for hosting such a beautiful drumming circle ~ I love your style!" N.L.
"Thank you Lori Anne for offering us the opportunity for such powerful events. The flow of power and support was tremendously uplifting. I am grateful for Spirit Drumming and the wonderful facility, Yoga Centre of Niagara where we can share so much spirit and love." R. E.
"Another moving experience. Gratitude abounds. Thank you to everyone who was there and shared from their hearts. Thank you again Lori Anne you have the most beautiful heart. Nia:wen" K.R.
"This comment is log over due but I just wanted to send my sincerest thanx for the the amazing time of love, healing, and unity I experienced at this circle. Blessings to all" ~ A.E.
Thank you, Lori for a powerful evening of drumming and empowerment at last night's Spirit Drumming - Empowering Ourselves. I found it empowering and awakening. It was a pleasure to meet you and so many other wonderful people. Thank you" C.G.
About Spirit Drumming; "Such a beautiful sacred space for drumming, connection, love, healing and support" ~ A. E.❤️
About Spirit Drumming: "Beautiful, magical and soul satisfying." ~ E.H.
"Thank you all for this beautiful weekend of transformation... One does not walk away from all we experienced without profound change, and as I look out upon a new day, I feel that a new direction is before me and that something important has happened. What that "something" is, time will most certainly tell... I am so honoured and blessed to have shared this weekend with you all, and know that from this moment forward, no matter where we all go, I carry you dearly in heart." Love and Light, T.M. re Introduction to Celtic Shamanism, Niagara Region, 2013
"Loriiii brings the group to presence, by the example of her divine self. She has an ability to bring the group, no matter the size to oneness, unity, spiritual connectedness and love." ~ A. D.
"I have known Lori for more than six years. We met over the love of animals. She was kind, caring, and always very spiritual. I wondered how she stayed that way in these crazy times. I confided in Lori about an incident that left me very upset. I wasn't sure how to handle it. She listened patiently and then asked me if I would like to drum with her and a few others. The night I went to drumming, I was very nervous and I really didn't have a clue what was going to happen. I wasn't pressured to do anything. That night changed my life forever. I felt free, calmer and had inner peace for the first time in a very long time. I didn't realize at the time I was grounded. I could handle my problem, in a positive way. It wasn't a one time fix but, what a great beginning, to a new me. Every time I can drum, participated in a Moving Mandala and/or fire walk, I do. I become a stronger, more spiritual and positive person. At peace with the world and more importantly at peace with myself. Thank you Lori for showing me the way. Love Forever," Marcy Shining Light, Dragon Women
I have gotten to experience the workings of Loriii! I have attended a Celtic retreat and my first Moving Mandala just this fall in New Brunswick. May I stress the word first as in my heart I believe there will be more I attend. On that note Lori has a soft and gentle nature while teaching. She also carries the structure and discipline to keep on course. The gifts with in Myself that I came home with after attending both events I personally can not find the words to quite explain. The changes are subtle but far reaching. Every time I release a piece of baggage it makes me very proud to know I release it for my ancestors also. I came home and looked into my sons eyes and thought and felt how I am releasing these things so my son doesn’t have to play this part out. The work done at these shops will last longer than your physical body. I highly recommend attending any workshop being facilitated by Lori or her brothers and sisters. They are well trained in what they are doing on their paths. Blessings ❤️ Brittany Frost Westport N,S
"With the greatest love and care, Lori Folkins is able to create at her Firewalk, a sacred space wherein you can feel embraced by a special and unique moment in time that serves you in your highest need to connect with Spirit and push through the barriers of limitation that are both literally and symbolically done so as you take your first steps across the bed of hot coals. Because of her passionate heartfelt dedication to the development of each participants personal journey and their commitment to uphold their own personal transformation to the highest, Lori is able to achieve miraculous results of inner releasing, cleansing and spiritual transmutation of which I have both witnessed and have experienced first hand. I cannot express deeply enough my gratitude for the shifts and changes that have appeared within my life since participating in her Firewalk. I can only urge those of you who are looking to transcend the limitations that so frustratingly appear over and over again in your life to seek Lori out and allow the Light & Love that she pours into each Firewalk, to change you as it has so greatly changed me and so many others. Thank you, Lori and Namaste." Timothy M
“The first time I met Lori was at a spiritual gathering, that I had attended by myself. During a workshop she commented ‘Sometimes you are the dreamer and sometimes you are the dream.’ The truth of that statement struck me and I had to thank her. She told me it was a song and she proceeded to sing it to me. She has sang to me quite a few times since then and has even sent me messages of songs. She is a kind and gentle soul who immediately puts you at ease. Lori is a gift to everyone she meets. I am thankful for her friendship, her messages, her drum circles, her fire walks and all that she offers the world.” ~Kathy Upper -Chief Visionary, Spiritual Niagara
"Thank YOU for this empowering and inspiring experience! You are a great mentor to me, demonstrating in action how to serve selflessly, people as well as a good cause! In Gratitude, Love, Light and Laughter, Bee" Brigita Roube
"It was an amazing night and your right ,There are no words to describe the energy I felt there last night . Thank you Lori Folkins" Jamielee V
"Thank you Lori Folkins for hosting an unforgettable evening. It was one of the MOST EMPOWERING nights of my life. Namaste" Susan K
"Thank you as well Lori...my mind is still whirling but in an amazing way....I feel so blessed by you all xo forever." Holly M
"Nia:wen | thank you all that held safe space for such loving sacred space last night." ~ Raven
"Such a powerful circle, deep healing = deep sleep... Had the best sleep ever... High vibrations...XO" Isabelle Gargagliano @joysolevitality
"Last night was a beautiful gift. I am open to receive and feel all of life and blessings flowing through me. Both for my benefit and so I can share freely with others again." Vivienne D
"Thank you for holding such sacred space! I received much healing and woke up feeling light as a feather!! Love, peace. light to you 💖🙏" Amy
"Thank you for such a beautiful evening. I carried it with me for days. It was remarkable! I'm making my own hand drum in the next few weeks with Laura ☺️Can't wait to attend again 💖✨Melanie C
"Lori 's humility and dedication wisdom courage honesty and generosity boil down into that healing kind of love that inspires and motivates !" James Deurloo
"its days later, much like a daze... and I still... I am digesting.... I am accepting... I am feeling and honoured and blessed and blooming... all because. ~ You showed us how. YOU.. You called us here. we came... because YOU shared the way. I thank you. From the depths of my soul. This was, a beginning to live for me." Amy Eggleton Barlow
'thank you again for holding the firewalk it was truly an amazing experience, the energy that was created that night was extremely powerful because it was filled with love, a real heart blessed love and for this I am forever grateful." A Tomaino
"Thank you, what an awesome, life changing night. I will never be the same." M.M.
"Lori, Thank you for giving us all this experience of fire walking. What an amazing gift to realized that we are capable beyond the limits of our knowledge and our beliefs and especially our fears. The changes that occured last night extended way beyond our group that attended. blessings!" JN
"I just want to thank Lori Anne for leading this❤️ giving and receiving of energy just lights me up🌟 Grateful for you, grateful for everyone there, grateful for sharing...Love and peace to all of you 💖" ~ Krista Nunns-Kemp
"I have no words to describe how I felt last night and still today. Thank you thank you thank you" ~ Fiona McNair
"Thank you, Lori for a powerful evening of drumming and empowerment at last night's Spirit Drumming - Empowering Ourselves. I found it empowering and awakening. It was a pleasure to meet you and so many other wonderful people. Thank you" ~ C.harmaine G.
September 24, 2015 · "Thank you Lori for your guidance and inspiration of such a magical circle last night. Its hard to find the right words so I am going to steal some of them from my friend, Gisele, from The Barber's Daughter who wrote them on one of her magical rings that she creates. I have adapted them You guide us to "find inspiration and meaning, soaked in the wonders of " spirit and our ancestors, "cradled in compassion of the heart and you hold a will" for us all "to make a difference". ~ L. Sanford
"I so want to thank everyone at the circle for 'initiating' my new Spirit Name. I am beyond grateful for that experience and at this incredible time and to share it with such a Powerful and Beautiful Group. I am humbled. And to you Lori - I have no words - just LOVE! Thank you thank you thank you. You have all given me strength to go forward on this next leg of my journey and to stand up in the challenge and know thta all is well. Love and Blessings." L.S.
Thank you Lori for a simply magical night of so much love love love by all through drumming, dancing, singing and sharing. Your grace, wisdom and love is humbling and inspiring. It is an honour to host you at the Den. Cannot wait for the next circle. In heartfelt gratitude to all who joined us last night. <3 <3 <3 MW
"THANK YOU Traveller's Joy - Tours with Spirit, Lori Folkins, Brenda Marita Mason and Grandmother Nancy Sherwood for taking us on the trip of a lifetime! AHH ooo" ~ Meg Ratcliffe
"Thank you everyone for being there tonight! I appreciate you Lori and the space you hold for the medicine that is possible! Love you!" KB
"Thank you, Lori for a powerful evening of drumming and empowerment at last night's Spirit Drumming - Empowering Ourselves. I found it empowering and awakening. It was a pleasure to meet you and so many other wonderful people. Thank you CG"
"I had an amazing experience last night. To be present with all the amazing people was wonderful Thanks and I will be back for more inspiring messages much like the one last night. Thanks Lori!!!! :)" MM
"It was an honor and a blessing to be there last night Lori. Thank you for holding such sacred space! I received much healing and woke up feeling light as a feather!! Love, peace. light to you 💖🙏"A. E.
"OH i absolutely LOVE this Lori! What a wonderful night. Thank you so much for leading such a beautiful celebration" TA
"Thank you for such a beautiful evening. I carried it with me for days. It was remarkable!" MC
"Thank you so much for sharing such a beautiful evening. The vibrations are still with me. <3. amazing souls...amazing energy!" TP
"Thank you Lori Folkins for all that YOU do and all that YOU are! Last night was truly magical and divinely orchestrated with so much peacefulness, love, joy, and healing sounds. So many beautiful sounds from our drums, our shakers, our voices. A melody of love and healing. Humbled and honoured to host YOU at the Den. Feeling so much heartfelt gratitude. Thank YOU to everyone who came out and shared. It's always about who arrives to participate and last night unfolded so beautifully for each of us to embrace and take home to share and positively impacting everyone around us...helping to create more positive change. ❤️❤️❤️" Mary W
"Thank you Lori, for creating a sacred space of support and nourishment! And fun!
Thank you for the guidance and direction that you offer and for the opportunities created for all who come to express themselves and show up in the best way they know how.
My heart feels full... You are a blessing!!!" K.atrina Bremner
"I’ve been so fortunate to experience the impactful work of Lori Anne. In a world filled with Chaos, Lori Anne is the “Calm” and a true inspiration!" ~ Anna Scott- Intuitive Artist.
"Once returned to "reality", it's much noticeable how a workshop like this is so extraordinary. So much great experiences, meetings, and gathering with souls like mine. It's always a chance and an opportunity to grown emotional and spiritually to grab it and immurge oneself into a workshop like this." M-F Re; Intro to Celtic Shamanism 2013
Journeying's the best medicine !! It worths the nine hours drive from Quebec, I can tell you that excuse my english, I'm more of a french speaking person !" "I have participated in Moving Mandalas as well as attending a pilgrimage (to Ireland) with Lori. I found I was provided a space where I was able to dive deep and see myself in new ways. Both experiences allowed me to explore my truth and step into a new part of who I am. They were a very important part of my Journey." K B
Loriiii brings the group to presence, by the example of her divine self. She has an ability to bring the group, no matter the size to oneness, unity, spiritual connectedness and love. A.D.
Lori’s humility, dedication, wisdom, courage, honesty, and generosity boil down into that healing kind of love that inspires and motivates. J.D.
"Thanks for another awesome circle and for bringing all the beautiful souls together. Truly Blessed" R.C.
Truly and from my heart, I can say that every experience I’ve had with Lori has been wonderfully revealing. Her intuitive guidance, whether in group events or one on one sessions has been valuable for me each and every time. I’ve been fortunate to enjoy drum circles, fire walks, individual coaching sessions and more. And perhaps because I was open enough to the spiritual aspect of change, found them to be as much or more than I had expected. I am happy to have benefited in healing ways as well as ways that have altered my perception of what life is and can be. I absolutely look forward to future events and coaching. I encourage others who are open to positive change to seek Lori out through one of her events or to access her energy and wisdom in what ever way is mutually agreeable. Namaste Mark Bedesky